Jun 25, 2014

Back to School - Meet our Global Citizens

The kids reflecting on visiting a blind school
The kids reflecting on visiting a blind school

Greetings from Teach For India!!

We are back to school - and are entering our third year of operations in Hyderabad. We have been with these children for three years now, and are amazed to see the growth in our children. 

Hearing it straight from Meghana, the proud teacher of these children.....

'I would like to share with you the story of Asif. Asif lost his mother at the age of five and dropped out of school in first grade after severe physical abuse. On the insistence of his grandmother he joined my second grade class midway last year. He started off as the most defiant kid of my class. He made no friends, repeatedly disobeyed all rules of the class and got into fights with older kids in the school. One day during the course of the class Asif had attempted to answer a question and I lifted my hand to offer him a hi five to celebrate his attempt. To my surprise the boy involuntarily cringed assuming I was going to hit him. That was the day I sensed his inner fears that he tried to hide beneath his disobedient facade. Over the next few weeks I worked persistently to bond with Asif and to gain his trust. A year later, Asif is now the most kind and resilient child I’ve ever seen. He has developed a great interest in reading and writes amazing short stories. He loves to build and dance in his free time.

I am Meghana Devineni a fellow at Teach for India. I am the proud teacher of 37 kids just like Asif, each one of them unique in their own right. I joined the fellowship right after completing my Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Growing up I was always critical about the way education is perceived, practiced and perpetrated in our country. My skepticism about the credibility of our educational system was validated after I moved away for my undergraduate studies. I decided that I need to do more than criticise, I decided to act upon it.

I took up the fellowship to work towards ending educational inequity. I joined the fellowship with the assumption that I will be teaching these little children but over the past year I’ve realised that I have learnt as much from them as they have from me. I have seen what it really means to be resilient. I have experienced what it really means to be committed to a goal and to work towards it relentlessly day after day. I have learnt what it really means to hope against all hope and to truly believe that with all our efforts one day these kids will grow up to be bright and responsible citizens of the world. 

* Name changed to protect the identity of the beneficiaries. 

On June 25th, Microsoft is celebrating ‘Youth Spark Day’. On that day, Microsoft will match all the funds Teach for India Hyderabad raises with 100% of their own through Global Giving – an online fundraising platform.

We would like to raise $10,000 for our city and we need your help to make this possible. Even if each of you is able to raise $100 that night, we will reach our target.  

Request you to please support us and spread the word.

The kids enjoy learning!!
The kids enjoy learning!!
Learning with Manipulatives
Learning with Manipulatives
Celebrating Success in the classroom
Celebrating Success in the classroom
Children in the Classroom
Children in the Classroom
Asif reads in differentiated groups..
Asif reads in differentiated groups..
We love learning!!
We love learning!!
Apr 30, 2014

Meet our Global Citizens from GPS Gandhinagar, Hyderabad!

Our Superkids from GPS, Gandhinagar
Our Superkids from GPS, Gandhinagar

Greetings from Teach For India!

As we are ready to induct our sixth cohort of fellows in Teach For India for the next academic year, we bring to you a story from Government Primary School, Gandhinagar at Hyderabad.

Zuha Moin, after finishing her graduation in International Affairs from George Washington University decided to join Teach For India Fellowship in 2012. Her class of 28 children studying in 4th grade proudly call themselves Superkids. The school is located in Patigadda and Prakash Nagar area in Hyderabad. Most of their parents are from low-income communities in the vicinity and work as drivers, watchmen and construction workers, etc. 

This is what Zuha has to say about her students who she has been teaching for the last two years,

"When I came into the classroom in July 2012, I envisioned that by the end of my two years as their teacher, my students would become global citizens. They would be aware of different cultures and would have an interest in current events. One project we did combined a chapter in our EVS textbook on houses and different cultures. Each group was given information on a type of house lived in by a group of people. They had to construct the house and then had to give a presentation on why the people live in this kind of a house.

By the end of my two years, I am glad that my students have now become global citizens. They watch the news every evening, and come back to class with an interesting story they heard on the news. I have seen the students from not knowing anything outside of their homes to becoming students who critically think about current events."
We at Teach For India believe that every child deserves an excellent education and this is possible only if we dream and act together. We will need your continued support till we achieve our target goal. Until then, help us by spreading the word and supporting our project.
*Name changed to protect the identity of the beneficiaries.
Priya* and her group's project - Tree House
Priya* and her group's project - Tree House
Students with their acting coaches from Samahaara
Students with their acting coaches from Samahaara

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Feb 14, 2014

Meet our bright 3rd graders from Grace Model School

Greetings from Teach For India!

Teach For India team would like to thank all of you for supporting our cause. Every child deserves an excellent education but the stark reality today is that less than 10% of Indian students go on to college. Teach For India exists because of a deep belief that every child can and must attain an excellent educationWe are committed to finding, developing and supporting India’s brightest, most promising leaders for this to happen.

In our last report, we introduced you to our three fellows who have been teaching in our classrooms. Today, we are proud to share with you a story- a story of  44 bright children from Grace Model School. This is a low-income private school in Mustaidpura, Karwan Road in Hyderabad. The school operates in 3 separate blocks triangulating the Old Subjimandi (Market) area in the old city region of Hyderabad totaling a school strength of 900 students from Pre-KG to class X. Vast majority of the students come from economically and socially backward Muslim communities. All of these students are first generation school goers with their parents as daily wage workers, auto/taxi drivers, laborers in carpentry workshops or slaughter houses, etc. 

Karthik Rapaka, a 2012 Teach For India fellow, 'Bhaiyya' (Elder Brother) - as the kids fondly like to call him, has been with this curious bunch of kids since June 2012. In Karthik's words, these children are on their ' Journey to Success ', which is also the theme of their classroom. Everyday these lovely children come to school to continue their journey to success. 

In the last two years, these kids have been at more places than you can think. From participating in Mastermind Quiz to  attending a conference at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, these kids have been crossing one milestone after the other. We believe this exposure will make them dream bigger. With your love and support we can help them dream bigger. You can see pictures from the classroom and the events in the attachments below.

In our next report, we will bring you stories from the other classrooms. As of today, we have raised 47.8% of our target. We will need your continued support till we achieve our target goal. Until then, help us by spreading the word and achieve our goal!

Lavanya M

Development Associate | TEACHFORINDIA

lavanya.m@teachforindia.org

http://www.teachforindia.org/

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